river holds moderate numbers of brwon trout in the 2-4lb range
10kms north of Karamea township
The Oparara rises in the Fenian
Ranges and flows west through native bush to the Tasman Sea
just north of Karamea. A very remote small river that provides
excellent fishing for those who are willing to walk a little
for their sport.
Nymphs such as Hare
and Copper, Pheasant
Tails and Caddis
imitations all work well in sizes 10 - 14 or smaller.
Some weight may be required to get the flies down through
the faster water or to fish spotted in the deeper pools.
bladed spinners (Mepps
or Veltic) fished
upstream into the faster water or through the deeper pools.
In the estuary and lagoon area use silver pattern minnow type
spinners such as a Toby
or Cobra between
Oct to Dec to imitate the shoals of whitebait that enter
the river and are irrestible to the trout.